About Shooting

Olympic shooting is split into three categories; shotgun, pistol and rifle and is a sport that demands exception skill, concentration and a strong mental approach.

Shooting has appeared on every Olympic program except St Louis 1904 and Amsterdam 1928 though the number and variety of events have changed many times, including live pigeons who were replaced by the clay variety after the Paris 1900 Olympic Games.

Shooting dates back to the Middle Ages with St Sebastianus Shooting Club in Cologne, Germany forming in 1463. The Olympic disciplines of skeet and trap stem from "clay pigeon" shooting which has been a popular sport since the late 18th Century.